Charmed by Ciondolly and Why Friday the 13th Can Be Lucky
The following was submitted by Beth Carnevale, one of the owners of White Cloud Farm in Lawrenceville.
Being a gentleman farmer has its struggles. But there are days like Friday, July 13 when Italian charms can help play a part. Approximately 200 years old, White Cloud Farm on Cold Soil was once occupied by aviator Charles Lindbergh, his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh and their son Charles, Jr. while their home was being built in Hopewell. It was later was occupied by the late Henry Woods, Lawrenceville School trustee and teacher. The Carnevales have owned, preserved and kept it as a working farm since 1985.
At 8:30 a.m. on Friday, I received a heart-wrenching call from a man asking for Nick Carnevale. I thought to myself, did they want the architect Nick Carnevale or the gentleman farmer? I heard an excitement and urgency in his voice. "Is Nick there? Someone gave me his name that you have sheep, we have a lamb are you interested? Our daughter has outgrown 4H, I'm off today, I can bring her over today only because I have a truck."
As soon as Nick walked in the door, I thrust a post-it note into his hand. "Call this guy right away, he seems desperate for a home for his sheep." I explain about his daughter. Nick is looking at me like I'm crazy. Then we both take a minute and know what the other is thinking. We fear if it can't get a good home it may end up going to a sale and well, we don't want to think what could be the enevitable. He's only off today, I explain, and luck be told he was able to borrow his son's truck today. He can deliver her right away. But Nick needs no coaxing. I know how he feels about animals. He reaches for the phone, calls, no questions asked, just, "Bring her right over!"
Within an hour she is safely delivered, the man is relieved and Nick quarantines her off from the rest of the herd. I walk in the barn and she immediately starts a chorus of "baas." She is as tame as a little lamb and clearly a pet.
I want to call her Dolly because she looks like a living doll, and then I think "Ciondolly," and call out the name (Ciondollo in Italian means trinket for a bracelet like a charm). She steps right up with both hooves on the gate to greet me. Ciondolly it is! Luck or love for animals, a beautiful lamb is grazing the pastures right where Charles Lindbergh once landed his prized plane and another "little lamb" once played.